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Spring Meadows Country Club
Linden, Michigan
June 16-19, 2003

Carroll captures his first AJGA title with even-par

LINDEN, Mich. - Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla., fired a 1-over-par 73 Thursday in the Buick Junior Open presented by Golfweek to finish as the only competitor under par for the tournament. In the Boys Division, Cornelius Carroll of St. Simons Island, Ga., claimed his first AJGA victory after shooting a final-round 1-under-par 71.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Buick Junior Open presented by Golfweek featured 98 players with boys and girls, ages 13-18, representing 21 states and Canada. The 54-hole event was held on the par-72 Spring Meadows Country Club golf course.

Pressel led the Girls Division from the start shooting a 72-68-73—213. Pressel, a 15-year-old U.S. Women's Open qualifier, started the round with an eagle on the par-5 second, which kept her in the lead the rest of the day.

"I played solid and consistent," Pressel said. "That's what is important. It's exciting to win."

Pressel's schedule is non-stop for the rest of the season. Next week she will compete as the defending champion in the Toldo Group Eastern Canadian Junior in Windsor, Ontario. She will follow that tournament with a bout at the Rolex Tournament of Champions and then will move on to the U.S. Women's Open for the second time in three years.

"I'll have to step it up a bit to do well in the Open," she said.

Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana of Long Beach, Calif., carded a 74-73-78—225 total to finish in second place. She placed third in last year's event.

"I'm relieved it's over," the 18-year-old said. "And I'm glad I survived it."

This is Tangtiphaiboontana's last summer with the AJGA. She is hoping to secure a title before leaving for Stanford University in the fall. She, too, will be competing in the Rolex Tournament of Champions after competing in the AJGA Mission Hills Desert Junior.

Amber Prange of Noblesville, Ind., rounded out the top-three girls with a 79-72-76—227.

In the Boys Division, Carroll carded a 71-74-71-216 to secure his first title in three years of AJGA competition.
"It feels good," the 16-year-old said. "I've had a lousy season so far. I've been in the middle or top third all year."

Carroll decided to make a few changes on the greens in order to feel confident about his short-game.

"I changed my stance to a side-saddle to make better putts," he said. "You're always trying to win. Hopefully this win takes the pressure off for future tournaments."

Clark Klaasen of Grand Rapids, Mich., finished in second place with a 72-70-76—218. Klaasen was a qualifier in Sunday's event.

"I knew I could compete and give it a run to win," the 16-year-old said. "The wind cost me a few strokes today, but I fought and grinded it out the whole way."

Dan Doyle of Rochester, Mich., and Kevin Grabeman of Springboro, Ohio, tied for third with 4-over-par 220s. George Gandranata of Bradenton, Fla., rounded out the Boys Division top-five with a 221 for the tournament.

For more information on the Buick Junior Open presented by Golfweek, contact the AJGA at (770) 868-4200.